Today’s post celebrates the birthday of Michigan Man Jonathan Goodwin. Yes, Jonathan Scott Goodwin was born on this day at Columbia, South Carolina in 1978. Goodwin was an excellent player in high school, but a knee injury in his senior year caused a lot of schools to lose interest in his talents. Fortunately, he did get one offer from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Of course, he accepted the Bobcat offer!
Goodwin played a lot of good football for the Bobcats in his freshman year. However, he thought he was good enough to play at a bigger school. So, Jonathan decided to take his talents someplace else. Well, “someplace else” turned out to be Ann Arbor, Michigan where his older brother lettered twice for the Wolverines. Goodwin sat out the 1998 season because of the NCAA transfer rule. Fortunately, he learned a lot in that first year and that knowledge helped him get on the field in 1999.
Jonathan Goodwin did not start any games in 1999, but he got a lot of play on special teams. He earned his varsity first letter on the 1999 team that finished with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. Michigan won a share of the Big Ten Championship that season with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.
Goodwin returned in 2000 and was ready to play a bigger role on Lloyd Carr’s sixth football team. Jonathan earned nine starts at right guard in his second Wolverine season. He was awarded another varsity letter and also earned honorable mention in the Big Ten. His excellent play helped the Wolverines win another share of the Big Ten Championship.
The talented Goodwin was ready to go in his final season. He made nine starts at left tackle and nine more at left guard. He earned his third varsity letter and garnered first team honors on the All-Big Ten football team. However, Michigan slipped to an overall record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The Wolverines earned a second place in the conference with their third straight season of 6 wins and 2 losses.
So, Jonathan Goodwin thought he was good enough to play in the Big Ten and he proved it! He finished his career with nineteen starts, three varsity letters and two Big Ten championship rings. Not a bad career for a transfer player, eh?
In addition to the above accomplishments, Jonathan Goodwin is also connected to some interesting Michigan Football “firsts.”
- Jonathan Goodwin played in the first ever game against Rice University in 1999.
- Goodwin also played in the first ever overtime game in Michigan Football history in the 2000 Orange Bowl win over Alabama.
- Jonathan Goodwin played in the first ever game/win over Bowling Green in 2000.
- Finally, Goodwin played in the first ever game against Tennessee in the 2002 Capital One Bowl.
Jonathan Goodwin was drafted by the New York Jets of the National Football League in April 2002. He graduated a month later. Jonathan played 195 games in the NFL and started 122 of them He had a thirteen-year NFL career that saw him earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He also played on the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in 2010. Yes, he did just fine.
I hope that Jonathan Goodwin has a great day celebrating his birthday today, Happy Birthday Jonathan and thanks for your contributions to the great history of Michigan Football! Go Blue!
Click the links below to learn more about the life and times of Jonathan Goodwin and the 2001 Michigan Football team.